Hobby Life




 

“Hobby Life”

 Sarah Baker   Covadonga Valdes    Galen Riley

A hobby life is the life to which people dedicate a private life toward personal reward and fulfillment. A hobby life can be a secret life, an other life,  the real life.

“Hobby! ” more often said these days with a condescending sneer.

In this age of  specialization, of the freelancer, flexi-hours and self employment, no one wants to be thought of as an amateur and everyone wants to get paid. An amateur until very recently could be militantly proud, heroic even. A professional on the other hand takes the devil’s shilling and is a whore.

Perhaps stargazing, astronomy, is the earliest of all hobbies and continues to hold a fascination for millions of enthusiasts. There are hundreds of books, clubs and websites devoted to the amateur astronomer, one website even called “Hobby Space”.  When William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781, he was a middle-class musician who pursued astronomy as a hobby. Other astronomers had observed Uranus before but thought it was a star. When Herschel observed it with a telescope he designed and built himself, he realized that in fact it was the seventh planet from the sun, David H. Levy discovered or co-discovered 22 comets including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, the most for any individual ever. Amateur Thomas Bopp shared the discovery of Comet Hale-Bopp in 1995 with unemployed PhD physicist Alan Hale. Robert Owen Evans is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and an amateur astronomer who holds the all-time record for visual discoveries of supernovae (42) to date.

 

Duration 05 December 2009 - 02 January 2010
Times Private View Saturday 5th December 2009. 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost free
Venue Carter Presents
Address 29 orsman road london n1 5ra, ,
Contact 07828 553 080 / carterpresents@gmail.com / www.carterpresents.org

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